I had the oppurtunity to photograph some of our favorite friends earlier in the year. I was 8 months pregnant and still rolling around on the ground with the best of them. Other than my husband’s fear of having to deliver my baby in a back alley of Riverside, the day was perfect! Here are some of my favorites:
So. . . guess what? I had a baby! More on that later. But for now I wanted to show you some amazing photos from a maternity shoot I did with some friends. It was a collective job done by me, my hubby Justin, and our friend Mike Moore. The first set of photos were taken up at Mission La Purisima near Solvang, CA. The second set was in Downtown Riverside.
I shot this group of siblings/cousins a little while back. The parents decided with such a large, silly group of kids that we should confine them to the backyard. It just so happens their backyard has some amazing lighting and it went great! I shot several group shots, and then some individual. This particular group shot is my favorite. It’s not “perfect” but that’s what I like about it, it captures their personalities and silliness!
Favorite. . .
I recently hosted a bridal shower and made these pots as game prizes. I was able to buy everything I needed from one store for about $7. They were quick and easy to make, and everyone loved them!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A terra cotta pot (cleaned with a damp cloth and dried)
2. Chalkboard paint and chalk
3. A paintbrush )I used a sponge brush)
4. Any favorite herb plant (I used basil, thyme, and oregano)
Paint your pot all over with a generous coat of your chalkboard paint. I’m impatient and don’t like waiting to apply a second coat so I used a thick coat and stuck it in the sun to dry quickly.(note: if you use the impatient method, careful of paint drips on your pot, they aren’t cute).
Allow the pot to completely dry and then apply touch ups as needed.
You can decorate your pot however you want with chalk. I’m a terrible artist and so I just wrote the name of the herb.
Once everything is completely dry, plant your herbs! Most plants you buy will include directions about light exposure and watering.
This is incredibly easy, affordable, and would make a great gift for a beginner gardner!
Spring is here in Southern California. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the 12-14 days between rain and 100 degree weather. It’s quite enjoyable, for reals. In honor of this blessed fortnight (bucket list checkoff: using fortnight in a sentence. I’m so legit.) I planted a flower garden. Even better, it’s been almost a month and I haven’t killed it. These flowers aren’t very spectacular right now, just the basic petunias and pansies that don’t die too quickly. So instead, I’ll leave you with these beautiful flowers I snapped at the Getty Center a while back. Enjoy your days of Spring!